/ Donald Bennet
I was once told by a friend that even though Donald was keen on the idea of ski tows in Lurcher’s Gully, he dutifully went along with the agreed MCofS anti position in terms of correspondence etc and no one from outside would have known that he took a different view on the personal level – this has always struck me as very impressive if true, and something which painted him in a good and unselfish light.
He was an excellent all-round hill man, whether climbing or walking, and completed a round of the Munros in 1984. There is a certain sad irony in one of this country’s most accomplished ski-mountaineers having died almost unnoticed during a spell when the media has been full of all sorts of news and speculation about avalanches.
I know Donald Bennet from the SMC Munro & Corbett Guides, probably two of the most studied books I own. I'd imagine a majority of regular hillwalkers in Scotland will have one or both of them.
He also wrote a coffee table book Scottish Mountain Climbs - a bit like the Classic Rock series but including both summer and winter climbing, walking, and ski-ing. One of my favourites.
Aye very true, the definitive hillwalkers bible, studied and memorised. My 1985 edition of "The Munros" sits on a bookshelf, pages and cover tenuously held together with sellotape.
Hi Dave, I'm very sorry to hear this. One of his lesser known publications was the West Col climbing guide to the Staunings Alps on the east coast of Greenland and a bit of a bible to me and several other enthusiasts for that area. It is an impeccably researched guide and made the explorations of subsequent expeditions much easier and more productive.
He did a lot of work for the last series of SMC climbing guides.
We had a couple of nights at the hut in Glen Brittle in 1996, Donald was there with some SMC friends and he was working away at diagrams for 'Skye and the Hebrides' climbing guide. I wasn't in the SMC but wrote Mull for that guide so was interested in his work.
I liked his book (but I didn't buy it) it had some good photos of some classic routes.
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